ANXIETY, anger, uncertainty is likely to dampen our spirits as the COVID-19 pandemic shows no signs of ending.

Actually, Mzansi’s infection rate is estimated to rise in the upcoming months, and this calls for us to be strong physically, mentally and spiritually.

Sunday Sun sat down with motivational speaker Siphiwe Moyo, for some words of inspiration.

According to Siphiwe, dealing with a pandemic of this magnitude is likely to lead to feelings of fear, anger and confusion.

“It’s so true that the hope we had is quickly waning. This is consistent with research on the psychological construct called hope though. If we expect things to get better soon, we might lose the energy and hope when the situation doesn’t change quickly enough,” said Siphiwe.

Siphiwe’s tips to cultivate hope in these tough times:

  • Face reality

In situations of hopelessness, the best way to cope is face reality head-on. It’s becoming clear now contrary to our initial thoughts, we’re in this for a long haul.

I know it sounds a bit counter-intuitive but in difficult situations accepting reality and facing it head-on is a better way to endure hardships.

  • Anticipate obstacles and planAnticipate obstacles and plan for them in advance, instead of hoping for the better. You actually become hopeful when you anticipate obstacles.

ne of the best ways to survive a protracted period of crisis is to anticipate obstacles and plan multiple pathways to overcome them.

“What are some of the obstacles you are going to face as you try to take your business online or reopen your spaza shop?

  • Improvise

Instead of throwing your hands in the air in despair, look around the house and try to use it to survive. What do you have in your hand? Use it.Shall we declare this time as ‘self-care’ moment?) Do things that make your soul danceRight now, I’m downloading Daliwonga’s new album and dancing myself happy. And yes, dance to amapiano as well, he said.

Remember how some of us used to use light brown polish as make-up back in the day? We are a resourceful people. We have the ability to maak n plan.

Remind yourself of those days. Don’t accept your fate, improvise.

Siphiwe said the gradual opening of the economy is a sensible approach but it needs all of us to cooperate and be sensible.

Those who can still work from home should do exactly that. But as we know some people can’t work from home at all, my advice is to be vigilantly hopeful. In other words, don’t play around with your health.

Siphiwe said now is the time to check ourselves.

If your car fuel tank is on reserve, you have no business doing pick-ups and drop-offs, you go straight to the filling station to refuel. Being selfless is a good thing but not to your own detriment.

Siphiwe said different people handle adversity differently. While some break down, others seek solutions at all costs to salvage or keep alive all that they have struggled to build so far.

“You could either give up or keep going. I know all you want right now is just to cope. You just want to survive today. You just want to hold yourself together and not fall apart but you are going to do far more than just cope or manage.”

He said adversity forces innovation. “Most innovations came from frustration. Why sit there ‘til you die? Try something new. Risk a bit more. You have nothing to lose. Do it.

Strategies to keep you sane:

  • Focus on your faith.
  • Have some positive self-talk.
  • Speak to trusted friends.
  • Spend time with loved ones. You need all the happiness you can get in order not to sink into depression.
  • Talk to a mentor or get professional help if possible.
  • Continue to meditate on the mental picture of your goal.
  • Take a break. We don’t want you to get mentally stressed. If you already are, take a break so you don’t sink into depression.
  • When you feel psychologically stable enough, revisit your plans.
  • Engage in activities that make you happy. You need the positive energy.